Have you heard of lingonberries? Ever wondered what is lingonberry and it grows?
In this blog post, we tell all you need to know about this delicious superfood of nature: the origin of lingonberries, how they look and taste like, their nutritional characteristics and health benefits, how to use them, and where to buy them.
What is lingonberry?
Lingonberry (vaccinium vitis-idaea), also called cowberry, red whortleberry, or mountain-cranberry is a berry growing wild in cool climates.
Where do lingonberries come from?
Lingonberries grow wild in cool climates Northern Europe, Northern America, Northern China, and Japan. In Finland, lingonberries are one of the most common berries growing wild in the forest. They grow both in swamps and dry forest lands. Their flowing time is typically from June to July, depending on the region.
How do lingonberries look?
Lingonberries look a bit like cranberries, but they are smaller. The diameter is around 5-8 mm.
The color of lingonberries varies from bright to deep red. The riper the lingonberry is, the deeper the color of the skin. The flesh of the lingonberry is light red.
How do lingonberries taste?
Lingonberries have a delicate tangy but sweet taste. The riper the lingonberries are, the less tangy and more sweet and juicy they taste. The taste of lingonberries is similar to cranberries, but they are both unique. Lingonberry tastes quite acidic compared to some other berries like strawberry or blueberry.
What are the health benefits of lingonberries?
Including lingonberry in your diet has many benefits – it’s a true superfood from the wild nature. Firstly, it has one of the highest antioxidant values of any fruits or berries. Secondly, it has a good amount of natural fibers and Vitamins A, C, and K. Below you can see a head-to-head nutritional comparison we made between cranberry and lingonberry. In addition, you can read our detailed post where we compare these two super berries of nature here. Lastly, they contain almost no sugar and have very low calories – a perfect addition to a low-calorie diet, low-carb diet, diabetic diet, or keto diet. If you would like to know more about antioxidants and their role, please take a look at our post antioxidants – what they are and why they are important.
How to use lingonberries?
Just like any berries, there are endless ways of using lingonberries. You can enjoy them as a snack, mix them in salads, yogurt, smoothies or oatmeal. They are great for desserts too; they make for example muffins very tasty and juicy.
Another easy way to use lingonberries is to add lingonberry powder to your daily diet. Lingonberry powder is made by freeze-drying or heat-drying the fresh wild berries immediately after they have been picked, and then powdering them. While heat drying berries in an oven compromise their nutritional value and taste, the freeze-drying guarantees that the berries maintain their amazing nutritional value, taste, and flavor.
Arctic Flavors’ 100% natural wild lingonberry powder is made using the freeze-drying method. No sugar or preservatives are added – it’s 100% berries. 10 grams of powder equals about 100 grams of fresh berries, so a spoonful of the lingonberry powder equals a handful of fresh lingonberries.
Use it just like you would fresh berries: for salads, smoothies, yogurt, desserts. Visit some of our lingonberry powder-based recipes: Layer cake with lingonberry cream filling, Homemade vegan lingonberry coconut ice cream without ice cream maker.
Where can I buy lingonberries?
The only place to buy fresh or frozen lingonberries is usually in the regions where wild lingonberries grow: Northern Europe and Northern American regions like Alaska. The season for lingonberries is relatively short, so the fresh berries are available for only about a month or two, typically towards the end of the summer.
Wild lingonberry powder, on the other hand, is available all year round. They can be stored at room temperature, and they stay fresh for 6 months after opening a package. You can buy Arctic Flavors premium quality wild lingonberry powder in our Arctic Flavors Online Shop.
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